West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has welcomed works to improve accessibility at one entrance to Southport and Formby District General Hospital following complaints she received from residents about the poor condition and lighting on the path leading from the bus stop on Scarisbrick New Road.
MP Rosie began receiving complaints in October 2015 following the decision by Arriva to move its bus stop from the hospital’s front entrance to the road leading to the side entrance, and has written regularly to the hospital’s management for updates on a solution.
Following an investigation into who owns the land, sparked by the West Lancashire MP’s intervention, the hospital has now begun work to install new street lightning and improve accessibility, including for disabled patients.
However the West Lancashire MP has also raised concerns with the hospital over the distance that patients -; especially the disabled and elderly -; who travel by bus will need to walk to get to the front entrance whilst the side entrance is closed during the period of works.
Rosie Cooper MP said:
“I am pleased that the hospital trust has listened to the concerns of local residents and taken action to improve the accessibility of the side entrance. It is important that patients who rely on public transport are able to confidently use the path leading from the bus stop, especially during the winter months when it is dark and the current lack of street lighting is a real issue.
“I have also written to the trust management to raise my concerns around the extra distance these patients will need to walk whilst this work is taking place and await their response.”